Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Smith

I have worked at Wadhurst Manor in many different roles since December 2011. Prior to this I worked as a nurse, exercise teacher and and preschool supervisor. I have 4 lovely children who are now grown up and travelling the world. My hobbies include visiting my children, singing, dancing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, reading and amateur dramatics.I find enabling residents to remain active and engaged both physically and mentally is a wonderfully rewarding job. I particularly enjoy working on our memory lane units becoming immersed in their realities, enabling them to live their best lives by concentrating on what they can do not what they can't.


Activities at Wadhurst Manor

On a weekly basis we have many visitors to the home from the people like the University of the Third age and local small animal farms, who bring in their chickens and sheep. We also like to go out shopping and on day trips to local garden centres and when the weather is good picnics and tours of the beautiful local countryside. We have speciality days at the home which could be a theme of a country, or for specific times of year, including Halloween, Bonfire Night or Christmas. We have card games and art classes and a serious knitting team in the home who produce blankets and premature baby clothes for the local maternity unit.


Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Wadhurst Manor Care Home


Jubilee Celebrations

We celebrated with a 1950s party with live music and very nice buffet


Green Canopy

Residents at Wadhurst Manor Care Home in Wadhurst have been branching out in support of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting campaign to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) invites the nation to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’ to create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s reign that will benefit future generations.  As well as planting new trees, the QGC will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate her 70 years of service.

When residents heard about the initiative, they couldn’t wait to show their support.  There was much debate amongst the residents to decide what type of trees they should plant and where they should go in the garden.  In the end it was agreed that fruit and nut trees, including blackthorn, hazel, crab apple and elder were most apt and that they should go in the care home’s orchard where they can be seen and enjoyed by everyone. 

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Charitable Giving

Wadhurst Manor care home in Wadhurst recently presented Tunbridge Wells Salvation Army with a massive £721. £365 for the Salvation Army and another for £356 for the work of the Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis

Resident Ambassador Jimmy Hole and his daughter Christine joined Captain Graeme Smith at their weekly Coffee Morning to hand over the money. £365 was raised through the sale of string bags made by Jimmy sold in the home and with the very generous support of BuyTheWeigh in Ticehurst. The residents also agreed they would like £356 raised through raffles and the sale of pom-pom animals and other wool craft made by the residents to go to help work for the Ukraine Crisis

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Here at Wadhurst manor our wonderful Resident Ambassador Jimmy is fundraising for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal in light of the awful tragedy that is currently happening in Ukraine. Jimmy has made all of these wonderful Easter knits by hand! He is so clever and we are in awe of his talent and thoughtfulness! These will be out on reception for anyone wishing to purchase one of these cute little Easter goodies over the coming weeks

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Easter Cake

Residents at Wadhurst Manor thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the Easter Cake Competition. A planning session took place in our coffee Lounge were residents scoured the internet, magazines and cook books for ideas, they liked 2 ideas so decided to combine them. Pictures and recipes were then shown to our 2nd chef who went shopping and prepared all the ingredients for us. Our residents on memory Lane then took over making the sponge and reminiscing about baking. Once the cake was baked and iced it was time to decorate, everyone was delighted with the result. It took pride of place on Easter Sunday and although it looked too good to eat everyone soon tucked in saying it tasted as good as it looked.

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Mother's Day

Our residents celebrated this year’s Mother's Day with singer, Debbie Haze. Debbie entertained our residents and staff, in the afternoon, whilst everyone was enjoying a selection of cakes and drinks.